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The Best of Series: Attitude

I’m a business owner, so I guess I have a different outlook on life than many others. I have trouble understanding that so many people go to work every day with an attitude that says things like … “2,345 days and 42 hours to retirement!”, or maybe … “Only 7 hours 52 minutes till I get outta here!”. I listened to a radio show on my work today and the hosts were trying to plead a case for another public holiday today in Canada for National Flag Day. Surprisingly to me, all four listeners that dialed in said they didn’t think we needed another day off … I loved it! But I think the attitude of the show hosts was really representative of most workers.

Why can’t people in general have a positive attitude to work. We all (except for a tiny minority) need to work and probably are there at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Why not be positive and happy for those hours? It’s a much better way to spend 40 hours each week than the alternative. There are always positives to find in life, good health, a good standard of living, good friends, loving family, good co-workers etc. Yet so many people go through life with a negative attitude, dragging all around them into their depths. I, for one, will go out of my way to avoid negative people. A fellow CEO told me that he stood up in front of his whole company and said, “If you are a “glass half empty” kind of person, you don’t fit in this company!” Some people ended up leaving, but it was a better place for that.

So … look for the good in your life. Bring a smile to work. Treat people with respect. Live each day fully without wishing your life away! I think you will find life to be so much more enjoyable.

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